Kind of on a whim…
I decided to go to a high school cheerleader 45+ family indoor garage sale on a Saturday morning.
I wasn’t even early. The sale started at 7am and I arrived at 7:15. For us hardcore treasure hunters, sometimes it’s not even worth showing up if you’re not there at 6:45, am I right?! Oh, and I was hobbling still from my sprained ankle the week before.
The entry way was full of bubbly cute cheerleaders and also full of their equally cute and bubbly mothers. It was weird, everyone was so pretty and so friendly. Not your typical garage sale atmosphere. I entered the gym and became super anxious with excitement… it was FULL of awesome stuff and as I quickly scanned the items, I discovered that most was priced right. Oh yeah!
One of the first things I put in my green rolling bucket (a must have for these types of sales) was a brand new plain white box of Ralph Lauren Romance perfume. It was priced at $10 and came out of a huge crate full of similar type boxes with similar prices. $10 is a lot to pay for something at a garage sale for me. I like the $1 and $2 stuff! So I put the perfume in my bucket, with the intention of “looking it up on my phone” to check it’s value later.
If you’ve read my previous posts, you know I collect children’s books and hold onto them until I can create desirable lots to sell on eBay. Well this sale had about 6 different tables with gently used children’s books priced mostly for a quarter or ten cents. I was in heaven! I scooped them up as fast as I could grab them. I checked to see if it was a book I wanted (I have so many books I know exactly what I do and don’t want), scanned it quickly for condition and threw it in my bucket.
My bucket was full in about 9 minutes.
Seeing me hobbling around with a full bucket, the cheer moms came to my rescue and kept coming and taking my stuff for me to the checkout where they had created a “master” pile for me. At this point, I had long forgotten about the perfume…
I went on to find some other great items for myself, eBay, and for reselling at the children’s consignment sale this fall. One of my favorite scores was the red KitchenAid toaster for $3. Ours broke the week before, and this one was in excellent condition and sells new for $50. Score!
So I paid for all my treasures, loaded them up in the van and drove home in excitement. When I was about 5 minutes from my house, I remembered…
My initial thought was “Crap?! I paid $10 for a box of perfume I probably don’t want!”
But by the time I had got home my thoughts had already changed to… “Crap?! What if that perfume was really valuable… there was an entire crate of that stuff that I left?!?!?!”
I literally hobble ran to the back of the van, dug out the perfume box, hobble ran into the house and grabbed the laptop.
That exact same perfume had just sold for $55.
So I had a 5 minute conversation with my husband. Well, I don’t know if I could call it a conversation. It was basically me throwing out several scenarios about whether or not I should drive back (15 miles away), if they’d be there, what was actually in the crate, how mad I’d be at myself it I didn’t go, the financial risk I’d be taking if I bought a crate full of $10/box perfume, and so on and so on…
My husband basically did a lot of nodding and shrugging. Not much talking.
I had to go. I HAD TO GO! Sure. It would all be gone or would turn out to be crap I didn’t want… but I just had to go back and see.
So I did. I took my 7 year old daughter and we ran/hobbled back into the building to find the entire crate was
Ok. I’ll try to make this long story a little shorter…
I hit the perfume jackpot! I purchased 19 brand new designer perfume tester bottles. I was able to get the cheer mom who was selling them to cut me a break (saved me about $40) and so I paid $220 (ouch!) for them all. About $11.50 per bottle.
I listed them late at night… and within 72 hours I had sold 13 bottles (I still have 6 less desirable for sale) for a total of $703.
Yes. $703! :)
I couldn’t believe how much and how fast it all sold.
And I should be able to sell the remaining 6 bottles for at least $150, probably more.
Talk about a successful morning of garage sale-ing?!
And this, ladies and gentle friends, is why I LOVE the hunt and why I’ll ALWAYS be a treasure hunter. :)
I kind of think of myself as a modern day Goonie. Anyone else want to be in my club? ;)